Thomas Salter Pyne, British engineer, 1900.
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Chromolithograph subtitled 'Afghan engineering', by Vincent Brooks Day & Son of a caricature by Leslie Ward, better known as Spy (1851-1922), for 'Vanity Fair' magazine. Sir Thomas Salter Pyne (1860-1921) was chief engineer to the government of Afghanistan, and introduced many new industries there, including the manufacture of guns and ammunition, soap and candles. He was also ambassador for His Highness the Amir of Afghanistan to His Excellency the Viceroy of India in 1893. As the only European in the Amir's employment, he was also a vital contact in the Durand Mission to secure the northern boundaries of Afghanistan from the Russian advance. Dimensions: 390mm x 260mm.